2013 Youth Curriculum… to parents and teachers.
Last Sunday my husband and I stepped in and taught the 12 and 13 year old Sunday School class.
They had completed the Book of Mormon
lessons so we decided to talk with them about the new curriculum. After chatting with them about the basics of the change, we split the class into two groups and gave them a paper with each month of the year on it. “Which doctrines do you think are really important for you to understand?” We asked. “What doctrines will ground your testimony and influence the choices you make every day?”
So off they went. We told them they would get 1 point for every right answer, half of a point if they got a partial answer (so a sub-topic under a main doctrine) and a bonus point if they put the right doctrine on the right month.
Here is what is so interesting…. these 12 and 13 year old youth pretty much got it. Both groups guessed 9 out of the 12 topics, plus some of the sub-topics. We were so impressed with how sharp they were!
After we went through their answers we talked about this new curriculum and how they will be taught about that doctrine all month in all of their youth classes, so at the end of the month their knowledge and testimony of that topic should be greatly increased.
“What can you do to make sure that you learn as much as possible each month?” we asked.
“Study on our own”, “participate in the lessons”, and “have family home evenings on these topics” were the answers they gave.
Can you imagine? What would happen to the youth of the church if they personally concentrated and then were effectively taught these doctrines and principles in the new curriculum? I just love the idea of this!
Also… a note to parents.
The leaders are getting instruction to encourage the youth to teach and testify of these doctrines in class. In my experience teaching the youth who are most willing to do this are the youth who have already discussed and learned these doctrines and have been put in the position where the Holy Ghost can testify and give them experience in those things. Therefore, if you stay aware of their topics and can discuss them in the home, your child may be more willing to contribute in the classroom setting with their peers.
If you go to this website
, you can explore the new curriculum. You will see that under each doctrine there are questions with outlines the leaders and teachers can choose from.
Each question may or may not be discussed in class, depending on what the leaders and teachers feel they should do, but it is a really good place to start.
So, here is a PDF for you with all of the questions that are suggested with the topics. This just covers January – March, but the other months will follow.
2013 doctrinal topics january – march
If you have any ideas on how you can introduce the new curriculum to your family or youth classes, please share below!
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